Sam Hayward

Maine Lobster Roll
Rating: Unrated
In Maine you're likely to find lobster rolls served two ways. Innovators prefer a crunchy, tangy and slightly spicy version of the lobster salad that includes celery, lettuce, lemon juice and a pinch of cayenne. Purists leave out those ingredients because they believe nothing should interfere with the mix of sweet tender summer lobster and mayonnaise. More Amazing Seafood Recipes
Hayward credits this recipe to Alan McGrath, his former chef de cuisine at Fore Street. It is easy to see a Spanish influence in the savory combination of garlic, chiles and toasted almonds. The mussels Hayward uses at the restaurant are farmed off of Bang's Island in Maine's Casco Bay. Delicious, Quick Side Dishes
This sweet and gooey pudding cake with crisp candied edges, a Maine favorite borrowed from neighboring Quebec, is known as pouding aux chômeurs—the unemployed guy's pudding. Hayward doesn't know how this dessert got its name, but the lavish use of maple syrup (a Maine staple) probably helped make it popular.Plus: More Dessert Recipes and Tips
Chef Sam Hayward usually tops these lush onion-sweetened greens with an excellent aged raw-milk cheese from Vermont called Tarentaise. He says Gruyère or any other Alpine-style cheese is a great substitute but if you want to try Tarentaise you can order it from thistlehillfarm.comDelicious, Quick Side Dishes